This diving and spinning breed is predominantly kept in the Eastern and Southern portions of the Aegean region of Turkey. Over the years, this area's breeders have followed the region's traditional performance and breeding qualities to develop today's style of dolapçı. With their kit flight, ever changing performance style, problem free physique and many other satisfying qualities dolapçıs have become the favorite breed of this region.
Dolapçı comes from the same general family of pigeons as the döneks and kelebeks. For this reason, they are labeled as clean legged kelebek by fanciers foreign to this breed. Again by this type of fanciers, since dolapçıs can not be easily differentiated with döneks like in the case of kelebek, dolapçıs are referred as "a different kind of dönek" or other similar descriptions. Because these breeds come from same origins, these descriptions might be thought as correct but, in reality there are many fundamental differences between each one of these breeds. Even though, you can easily observe the differences in their nature and physical qualities on the ground, flight and performance differences in the air, I am going to try to describe the main differences between them here. I hope by this dönek and dolapçı comparison, you can get a better understanding of dolapçı.PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Dönek: Wide and low body shape, long legs, large and visible leg scales, medium sized eyes with white rim, waddle walking, rather narrow tail in an upside down "V" shape and in general without oil gland.
Dolapçı: Tall standing-long body shape, medium sized eyes in various colors, strait walk, wide and flat tail and without oil gland. FLIGHT STYLE
Dönek: Short flight in average 30-40 meters high, infrequent wing movement that result in a flight style that looks like the bird throws it self forward with each thrust, raking ability and single flight ability.
Dolapçı: High altitude flight where they become specs in the sky, flight time of 15 to 120 minutes (depending on the training they receive), no raking and kit flight. SPIN CHARACTERISTICS
Dönek: As a response to droppers, at a 45 degree angle to ground, it dives with its head leaned on left or right shoulder (towards the direction of the spin) and spins its body in a high velocity with its chest driving forward and using the tip of one wing and that corner of its tail as the axis for the diving spin. It enters the spin with the same velocity as the way ends the spin. Tail is always leaning on the opposite side of the shoulder the head is leaning on. The style of dive called "sarkma" (hanging), 90 degrees to ground is not seen in this breed and during the dive and spin it keeps its wings closed or half open.
Dolapçı: As a response to droppers or like its seen in kelebeks with out a dropper it will perform its dive and spin. During the spin it will keep its beak forward spin around it, almost like an airplane rapidly free falling nose down. This can be described like a long and wide spiral dive. It will show its spin as a response to dropper while flying in low or medium altitudes or if flying in high altitudes with out any dropper by it self. If shown a dropper while flying high it will respond with a loose but rapid and very long spiral dive. Even at these altitudes, air ripping sound it creates can be heard easily. It is most characteristic dives are done in the "sarkma" (90 degrees to ground) style and always with its wings completely open. CHARACTERISTIC QUALITIES
Dönek: With their docile demeanor it is rather easy to control by the fancier. It has a rather sensitive body and open to illnesses. It may need some help raising its young for better results. Young birds do not show spin until they mature. It is expected to respond to droppers quickly and tight. If the adult birds rake or ride their tails during flight, when shown a dropper these move should not be present. It is normal to loose birds during bad weather conditions or if untrained young birds flown.
Dolapçı: If calmness is not targeted during breeding, it will keep its timid nature. It will respond to training well, in the air or on the ground. It has a rather strong body and will raise its young quite good. Maybe not as much as the adults but, the young birds will show their spin in short and agile moves until maturity. Dolapçı should never rake or ride its tail. It should be able to return home from 15-20 km. distances, including young birds. This quality is as important to the fanciers as their spinning dive. COLORS
Döneks: Black, blue and red are the main colors of this breed. In general, they will have bald head-white tail-white flight marking. There are also other patterns with white markings in different parts of the body. Most common markings are "baska" (self), galaça (bald head-white tail-white flights and white booths), akbaş (bald head) and akkuyruk (white tail).
Dolapçı: They are mainly seen in self and tiger pattern colors. Yamalı (patched, marking on the neck) and alaca (pied) are also seen frequently. Black, blue, red, yellow, dun, almond, de-roy, zeytini and white colors are the most popular ones, including the ones that are marked with white grizzles.
BREEDING REGIONS IN TURKEY
Dönek: İzmir, Bursa, Denizli, Nazilli, Ayvalık, Keşan and surroundings.
Dolapçı: all colors in Denizli and surrounding areas, black, blue and these colors tiger pattern colors in Isparta, Burdur and surrounding areas, yellow, red and altınbaş (golden head-white birds with yellow head) marking in Muğla and surrounding area in recent years tiger pattern birds have been gaining popularity in the city of Uşak also.
Dolapçıs are normally flown in 20 to 30 birds kits and fly with short beaked breeds. Their color variety and performance becomes very fulfilling. Presently, in Denizli and Burdur, there are works done on bettering the breed with close attention to bloodlines. For further information on this breed, you can visit the dolapçı page of the "Denizli's pigeons" site and take a look at another article on this breed written by Doç. Dr. Türker Savaş on our site also.
By İskender Damgacı
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